It's difficult when a well-loved series comes to an end; it's devastating when the final shot of Breaking Bad came to a close. This week, AMC aired the finale of the critically acclaimed show to millions of fans. Though the series has always been well-written, many viewers are of the opinion that the concluding episode was especially good. Fans of the show agreed that it was the only way creator Vince Gilligan could have gone in terms of tidying up Walter White's mess. However, Gilligan says that it could actually have happened in a completely different way as he considered every possible outcome of the program. In an interview on "Breaking Bad Insider's Podcast," the talented writer reveals a couple of other scenes he considered for the finale.
"We talked about a possible version where Skyler and Walt were holed up in some Motel 6 or someplace, and he's talking to her, she's in the bathroom and he's saying to her, 'It's going to be alright, it's gonna be okay, I've got a plan. Skyler? Skyler?' And he forces the door open and she's in a bloody tub or something like that, having opened up a wrist ... It was very dark." Gilligan revealed. Thankfully, the reaction of the writing staff didn't find much catharsis in killing the show's constant moral compass.
One of the more interesting scenarios is one where Walter White is free to start a new life under a different name. "We talked about him having a new wife, a new job; we talked about him teaching at a learning annex place, teaching chemistry. We had a scene that we never got to ... where he made peanut brittle. And somehow, you can tell by the exactness with which he goes about cooking that he misses the cooking of the meth."
Other plot could-have-been's include speculations as to how Walt would use the machine gun the show revealed in a flash forward in the midseason premiere. Gilligan disclosed that he had been toying with the idea of using the gun on the police but decided against it as he had an idea that it should only be used on people who were "worse" than his lead character.
In the end, the episode was watched by 10.3 million viewers in the U.S. alone, breaking its previous records. In Gilligan's words, "We really did pick the right moment to exit the stage, and I feel even more confident of that now than I did before."
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